Last week I had an opportunity to tour the National Ability Center (NAC) located in Park City, Utah. What an impressive organization! They are all about helping people of all ages and abilities develop lifetime skills by providing affordable outdoor sports and recreational experiences in an environment that understands disabilities. To participate, you just need to be a member (individual membership fee is $20, $50 for a family) and sign up for adaptive classes, programs or camps that range from nordic and alpine skiing, sled hockey, equestrian, aquatics, archery, cycling, rock climbing and a lot more (see their web site for specific fees, they are a non-profit so fees are at cost, and they offer financial aid). Their programs include recreational, therapeutic, and competitive tracks. Families and athletes can stay at the ranch. So much going on there, I still don’t have my arms around everything they do. I am on a quest to find out more!
I stopped by their apline ski program located at Park City Mountain Resort, I wasn’t sure what to expect, my kid is pretty challenging; blind, non-verbal, non-ambulatory, combination high tone and low tone, severe scoliosis. Veronica will have her chance to visit in January, so we’ll find out how things really work for her then, but when I asked these questions the NAC representatives seemed unphased. I can’t wait for Veronica to “snowboard” with us!
The NAC has an Equestrian Program featuring Therapeutic riding, Hippotherapy, and Equine Facilitated Learning. There are private, group and drop in lessons geared to the needs of the participant. I plan to enroll Veronica in a private lesson so that I can write from a personal perspective on that next month.